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Après avoir lu qu’un petit bateau avec 23 passagers à bord a coulé dimanche dernier près d’Ilulissat (ayant heurté soit une roche ou un iceberg), mon choix pour la photo de glace de cette semaine en est une prise le 15 juillet 2016 alors que je marchais le long de la promenade en bois de l’Arctic Hotel. J’admirais alors la vue sur Ilulissat, la baie de Disko, et les tonnes d’icebergs qui émergent du fjord glacé d’Ilulissat. Selon les images illustrant l’article ci-dessus, l’accident aurait eu lieu au pied d’où je me trouvais.
J’espère que personne ne laissera cet accident les dissuader de visiter Ilulissat, un point culminant de mon voyage au Groenland. Les photos ne peuvent jamais rendre la majesté du fjord glacé, un site du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. L’iceberg sur l’image est la taille d’un grain de sable par rapport à ceux qui sont en arrière-plan. Mais, pour voir ceux-ci, vous devrez attendre une future photo de glace 😉
Excellente journée à tous!
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After reading that a small ship with 23 passengers on board sank on Sunday near Ilulissat (after hitting an underwater rock or iceberg), my choice for this week’s ice photo is one taken on July 15, 2016 as I was walking along the boardwalk of the Arctic Hotel overlooking the Ilulissat, Disko Bay, and the tons of icebergs coming out of the Ilulissat Icefjord. Based on the images provided in the above article, the accident would have occurred not far from where I was standing.
I sure hope that people will not let this accident deter them from visiting Ilulissat. It was definitely a highlight of my trip to Greenland. Pictures can never render the majesty of the icefjord, a UNESCO world heritage site. The iceberg on the picture is the size of a grain of sand compared to those that are in the background. But you’ll have to wait for a future ice photo to see them 😉
Have a great day!
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Depuis quelques années, tous les mercredis, j’admire les photos de glace (#icephotos) affichées sur Twitter. Eh bien! Suite à mes deux récents voyages au-delà du 50e parallèle, je crois maintenant avoir suffisamment de photos portant sur des sujets “glacés” pour commencer à en afficher une à mon tour tous les mercredis.
Pour débuter, voici une image prise le 2 juillet le long de la côte du Labrador. J’étais à bord du Ocean Endeavour prenant part à l’expédition “Groenland et Labrador du Nord” d’Adventure Canada. Nous venions de terminer notre excursion à Wonderstrands et à la Réserve du parc national Monts Mealy. La première chose que j’ai vue quand nous sommes passés aux côtés de cet iceberg était le profil d’un ours polaire. D’autres personnes voient un dauphin ou un chien avec ses longues oreilles. Que voyez-vous?
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For the last few years, every Wednesday, I’ve been admiring ice photos (#icephotos) being posted on Twitter. Well! With this summer’s two trips above the 50th parallel, I now feel that I have sufficient photos of icy subjects to start posting one every Wednesday.
To kick things off, here is an image taken on July 2 along the Labrador Coast. I was on board the Ocean Endeavour taking part in Adventure Canada’s Greenland and Northern Labrador expedition. We had just departed from our excursion at Wonderstrands and the Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve. The first thing I saw when we passed by this iceberg was the profile of a polar bear. Other people see a dolphin or a dog with its long ears. What do you see?
On March 19, 2016, Ottawa’s Inuit community held its annual spring equinox celebration. Organized by Tungasuvvingat Inuit, this year’s theme was Imagine, Inspire, Create and Celebrate. Inuit artists from all regions of Canada were invited to perform. A most successful evening to honour the many successes and inspiring stories of Inuit in Canada.
Here’s a photographic summary of the evening:
The evening’s MC, Beatrice Deer
Those who participated in Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s cultural centre programs were very proud to wear and show us their own creations.
9-year-old Timothy Erkloo’s drum performance
Fashion show of OKA (Original Killer Apparel) Fashions designed by Nunavik’s Tanya Innaarulik.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students explained who/what inspired them to pursue their post-secondary education and why it is so important.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students performing dances.
Janice Oolayou and Ben Jammin.
Joshua Stribbbell reading his poem.
14-year-old Taylor DeVos telling us about how she made a difference by raising over $15,000 to help young girls in Haïti get an education. Check out her website http://www.1kidmakingadifference.com/
Performance of the Inuit Drum group “Kilautiup Songuninga” (strength of the drums) from St. John’s, Newfoundland-and-Labrador: Angus Andersen, Stan Nochasak, Sophie Angnatok and Solomon Semigak.
Performance of the Inuit Drum group “Kilautiup Songuninga” (strength of the drums) from St. John’s, Newfoundland-and-Labrador.
Joy Sevigny explaining how she stopped smoking and developed her passion for running and marathons.
Throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak from Winnipeg.
Throat-singers Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Sophie Angnatok.
Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, cardiac surgeon
Singer Kelly Fraser
Veronica Puskas who wan national awards for her quilts. She also explained how, after the death of her mother, she heard a voice telling her to take the pills that would stop her heart. She reminded us all to never listen to that voice if they hear it. It is a lie.
Stan Nochasak, whose family’s origin go back to Hebron, Nunatsiavut, tells us the story of the very first Inuksuk. (See below for the actual story)
Stan Nochasak performing the Inuksuk dance!
The last performance of the evening was by Twin Flames made up of singer-songwriters Chelsey June and Jaaji, Jonathan Edwards (lead guitar), Karolyne Lafortune (violin), Andy Dubois (drums), Mark Fraser (bass and cello), Riit Mike and Kristen Ungungai-Kownak (throat singers).
Chelsey June and Mark Turner.
Chelsey June, Mark Turner, Jaaji, Karolyne Lafortune
Jaaji and Karolyne Lafortune.
I would like to end this post with the story of the first Inuksuk as Stan Nochasak shared it. What you will read below was actually written by Stan over ten years ago and does not accurately reflect how he verbally tells the story nowadays. From what Stan recalls, the story first came to him from the work of two Memorial University students who collected Inuit stories for their masters degree. Upon reading it, he decided to memorize the story, just in case. Then by some odd providence, he lost the written story. Fortunately, he had fully memorized NiKaak’s quote as well as the general story. Stan then proceeded to write it down giving himself the liberty to be creative while ensuring to keep the original spirit of the story, and including other aspects of Inuit culture, of its traditional values.
NakutlaKutit (Thank you very much) Stan! It still most valuable for all of us to get a better understanding of the Inuit culture and spirit.
The Story of the First Inuksuk: A long time ago, a group of Inuit hunters were travelling, looking for seals. If seals were not plentiful in one area, the hunters had to go to another place, and in this case, it was a long way away. So, these hunters came upon another band of Inuit whom, like they, would share their hunting grounds with them. Among the arrivals was a young man named IKaluk. In the band of people was a beautiful woman named NiKaak, who IKaluk fell in love with. After awhile they wanted to get married. But her father said no. He was afraid his daughter would get in trouble in another clan; that she was going to be treated cruelly, After much pleading, confidence from IKaluk, assurances from friendly hunters, and his deliberations, he agreed to the marriage. On one condition: Ikaluk was to travel to his family, tell them what has been contracted and in effect return the following summer. It was much sorrow to NiKaak for them to part. Before his departure, they went on the highest hill so Ikaluk could point out where he was going, to show her where his family lives. But NiKaak could not see where it was. It was beyond the horizon. She broke into tears and could not be comforted. She said, thinking, “You will not return. I know something dreadful will happen. You are going on a long journey. Maybe a whale will overturn your kayak and you will be drowned in the sea. Maybe we will have a hard winter and our people will have starved to death. Maybe by next year, you will have forgotten about me and will have taken a wife from your own village.” Seeing that she could not be given comfort, he decided to pick up some rocks. He began to gather rocks and pile them up one on top of the other. Then she became curious. Her sense of curiosity had been aroused. She asked, “What are you doing? What is that?”, her tears gone. “That,” he replied, “is an inuksuk. That is my inuksuk. It is not an Inuk because it is not made of flesh and blood, and it cannot speak but inside this cairn of rocks I have captured my spirit and I am leaving it here with you until I return. Guard it with care, see that no one dismantles it, for then my spirit would drift with the wind and I would die. Please come here every day and talk to me. In spirit we can never be apart.” She was comforted, grew with happiness. She knew he must return to claim his spirit buried in the cairn of rocks. Throughout the seasons, she visited the inuksuk, and talked to it. She was not lonely, as she had purported to herself. The villagers were often curious about why she took so many lonely walks. All her time, she did not tell them her reason. Because they might think she was crazy and unreasonable. One day under the noonday sun a point in the horizon took her curiosity. She wondered. She saw then it was a band of people. Recognized it was IKaluk and his family. She became really elated, exulted on the way down. That night they produced a joyous occasion. Nikaak and IKaluk decided to tell them of their story of the inuksuk. They were a bit reluctant at first to tell them. They might think they were crazy, unreasonable. When they heard this, they looked at one another and said we should tell our children and their children’s children and so on that every time we see an inuksuk we should respect it because it reminds us of our spirits.
Thank you for reading!
Well! Today is the day when all of Canada gets to see the documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo when it airs this evening on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. Since last week’s world premiere in Ottawa, and this morning’s interview with Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC’ The Current, I’ve been getting so many congratulations. Here’s one I’d like to share with you to give you a feel of the amazing feedback we are getting:
The film is magnificent. It tells a very complicated story—several complicated stories, in fact—with great clarity. The threading of the now and then narratives, and the voices of the numerous different perspectives are woven masterfully and to powerful effect. We experience the inexpressible tragedy and, at the same time, the remarkable resilience of the Inuit. I’m sure the film will have a powerful impact and a long life.
Tom Gordon, Professor Emeritus, School of Music, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
If the story is being told in such a masterful way; if the images are so compelling; it’s largely because of the team behind the camera! So, today, I want to introduce them to you. They all did an outstanding job and deserve to share the applause.
But, before you meet them, I thought I’d provide a quick explanation of how this adventure started. On Easter weekend 2013, film producer Roch Brunette (Pix3 Films) was having his morning coffee while reading Le Droit, Ottawa’s French-language daily newspaper. When he turned to page 4, the photo of an Inuk and the title “Abraham’s mysterious destiny” caught his attention. Labrador Inuits. Europe. Human Zoos. France Rivet, a lady from Gatineau trying to raise funds to go to Europe to investigate the mystery of the Inuit’s death! Ah! Could this be a good story to turn into a film? Roch ripped the page and put it on his desk. It took him one month to do his own research, confirm that this story was indeed true, and that there was enough substance to it. He picked up the phone and called me.
When we met in a small bistro in Aylmer, I informed him that the article didn’t provide the whole story. There was a lot more to what he had found: I had located the Inuit’s remains. But that piece of information had to be kept secret for now. Immediately, Roch saw that his intuition had led him to an amazing story, and he took on the challenge of finding funds. A year later, two television networks had committed to airing the documentary, CBC and TV5 (for the French-language version). The filming started in Nain, Nunatsiavut, when I met with the Inuit elders to inform them of the finding of their ancestors’ human remains. After three days in Nain, the film crew, Nain’s chief elder Johannes Lampe and I head for two weeks to Europe (Hamburg, Berlin and Paris) in the fall 2014. In spring 2015, seven members of Ottawa’s Inuit community were selected to play in the re-enactment scenes, which were filmed over a 4-day period in April 2015. Then came the time to edit, cut, search for images and archival videos, colourize, record the narration and voice overs, etc. Another 7 months of intensive work was required to produce the final version that you will see tonight.
So, with no further ado, here are the people who, you will not see this evening on your television screen, but whose contribution, professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm turned an idea into such a powerful film.
Thank you to all of you!
Roch Brunette – Film Producer and Scriptwriter
Producer Roch Brunette.
Guilhem Rondot – Film Director
Guilhem Rondot discussing with Roch Brunette
Cameraman Pierre-Frédérique Chénier listens to Guilhem Rondot’s instructions.
Pierre-Frédérique Chénier – Cameraman
Cameraman Pierre-Frédérique Chénier
Pierre-Frédérique Chénier, Guilhem Rondot and Johannes Lampe during the filming in Nain
Pierre-Frédérique Chénier filming the scene where Abraham writes his diary.
Liam O’Rinn – Script Editor
Liam O’Rinn (white shirt) discussing with Guilhem while Pierre-Frédérique sets the camera and Marcel prepares the microphone.
Marcel Lalonde – Soundman (Ottawa-Gatineau Locations)
Marcel Lalonde setting up the microphone on Louis-Philippe Pariseau who played the role of the 1880 photographer in Hamburg.
Do you recognize Marcel, sitting at the top of the ladder?
Jean-Yves Münch – Soundman (Europe)
Jean-Yves Münch lors du trajet sur la rivière Elbe dans le port de Hambourg
Jean-Yves Münch recording the discussion between Johannes Lampe and Hartmut Lutz in the library of the Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg.
Caroline Morneau – Production Manager
Caroline Morneau (left) discussing with set designer Colleen Williamson
Pierre-Luc Dumont, Geneviève Guilmette, Francis Leduc,Carlos Lopez-Hevia – production assistants
Francis Leduc, Geneviève Guilmette and Pierre-Luc Dumont posing for the set up of the re-enactment of the photography studio session.
Francis Leduc and Mya became such good buddies!
Carlos Lopez-Hevia taking some aerial footage during the flight heading into Nain, Labrador.
Frank Harris – Electrician
Frank Harris checking the light for the filming of the re-enactment of the session at the photographer’s studio in Hamburg.
Frank Harris and his assistant Ivan setting up the green screen.
Ivan Cooke – Assistant Electrician
Ivan Cook setting up the structure to hold the green screen.
Ivan Cooke and Frank Harris setting up the lighting system for the green screen.
Colleen Williamson – Set Designer
Set designer Colleen Williamson
Colleen Williamson, Guilhem Rondot with actor Gilles Provost preparing all the instrument needed for the scene where Rudolf Virchow is taking anthropometric measurements on Paingu.
Annie Lefebvre – Make-up
Annie Lefebvre and Archibald Kadloo (Tobias)
Annie Lefebvre and Charles Keelan (Abraham)
Samantha Caldwell assistant make-up
Samantha Calwell with Annie Ningeok (Ulrike)
Annie Lefebvre and Samantha Caldwell in the make-up room with Charles Keelan and Kristen Kownak.
The following people also contributed their talents and expertise. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of them:
Stéphane Dussault – Editor
Dimitri Gagnon-Morris – Graphics
Julian Scalzo – Colorist
Charles Fairfield – Post-audio
As you probably know, we’re just five days away from the television premiere of the documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo on CBC.
I was really thrilled when the editor of Canada’s History magazine confirmed that their February-March 2016 issue would contain the 7-page feature article Tragedy in the Zoo followed by a one-page text Homeward Bound: After 135 years, the Inuit’s remains are returning to Labrador. They had picked the perfect timing to publish it.
The cover & contents page of the February-March 2016 issue of Canada’s History.
Pages 35 and 36 of the February-March 2016 issue of Canada’s History.
On the day the magazine hit the newsstands, I had the pleasure of picking up a couple of copies in the company of master photographer Hans-Ludwig Blohm, the person who introduced me to Abraham’s story back in 2009. I’ll let you judge by Hans’ smile how thrilled he was. We sure had fun trying to take a selfie with both of us and the magazine in it! It required a few attempts.
Our best selfie.
If you walk by a newsstand, between now and end of March, stop by to take a look. And don’t hesitate to spread the word!
You can also check out the online extension Bringing the Inuit Home, an abridged version of the text Homeward Bound about the efforts to repatriate the remains.
Thank you so much to Nelle Oosterom, senior editor for the magazine’s feature articles, and all her team for such a great layout!
Enjoy your weekend! Talk again soon!
What a memorable evening it was last Thursday at the world premiere of the documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo: Based on Abraham’s Diary. Held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, the event was presented by Pix3 Films and the Nunatsiavut government, in collaboration with the Northern Lights 2016 trade show.
Charles “Saali” Keelan, who portrays Abraham Ulrikab in the documentary Trapped in a Human Zoo, surrounded by his friends Jaaji and Chelsey June of the duo Twin Flames. Jaaji and Chelsey co-authored the song Isuma which is part of the film’s soundtrack. Photo posted on Twin Flames’ Facebook page.
Given the high volume of people who had expressed an interest in attending, the organizers decided to add a second screening. Were present: senators Charlie Watt (Nunavik) and Dennis Patterson (Nunavut), Daniel Pottle, Nunatsiavut’s minister of Finance, Patricia Kemuksigak, Nunatsiavut’s Minister of Education, representatives of the Embassy of Germany in Ottawa, many delegates of the Northern Lights 2016 trade show, as well as numerous friends, family, and colleagues involved in one way or another with the production of the documentary. All were welcomed by Sean Lyall, Nunatsiavut’s Minister of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
Sean Lyall, Nunatsiavut’s Minister of Culture, Recreation and Tourism addresses the audience. Photo tweeted by Tourism Nunatsiavut. Thank you Sophie Tremblay-Morissette!
Producer Roch Brunette introduces the film “Trapped in a Human Zoo”. Photo: Jean Rivet.
Both screenings were followed by a short question/answer period. Questions involved getting an update on the status of the repatriation of the remains, knowing if there is hope of finding the remains of Paingu, Nuggasak and Sara who died in Germany, what happened to the Inuit’s furs after their death, … In the first question/answer period, one remark stood out, that of Nunatsiavut Minister Daniel Pottle who, while being touched by the story, wanted to correct a statement made in the documentary to the effect that the decision to repatriate the remains was now in the hands of diplomats. Minister Pottle clearly expressed that the people of Nunatsiavut are the only ones who can decide whether or not the remains are repatriated. I agreed that this very brief statement could be misinterpreted,and clarified that the decision is indeed in the hands of the Nunatsiavut people. Diplomats are standing by, ready to act as per the Nunatsiavummiut’s decision. The next day, I received emails saying that they were moved, almost to tears, by Minister’s Pottle statement.
In the second session, Mr. I. Peters remarked how impressed he was in front of the Inuit’s resilience, in front of how they did not show any anger whatsoever despite all that their ancestors had to endure.
May this documentary become a useful tool for Inuit and non-Inuit to engage in a dialogue.
Sean Lyall answers some questions from the public. Photo tweeted by Tourism Nunatsiavut. Thank you Sophie Tremblay-Morissette!
Researcher France Rivet, producer Roch Brunette, and film director Guilhem Rondot during the question/answer period. Photo: Jean Rivet
Nunatsiavut Minister Patricia Kemuksigak with author France Rivet. Photo tweeted by Tourism Nunatsiavut. Thank you Sophie Tremblay-Morissette!
Book signing session with author France Rivet, Nunatsiavut Minister Patricia Kemuksigak (left), Nunatsiavut Tourism Director Sophie Tremblay-Morissette, and Lisette Lambert.
Reception area where people wait for the start of the screening.
The feedback received has been extremely positive. Here is just one of the many testimonials received over the last few days.
The film is magnificent. It tells a very complicated story — several complicated stories, in fact — with great clarity. The threading of the now and then narratives, and the voices of numerous different perspectives are woven masterfully and to powerful effect. We experience the inexpressible tragedy and, at the same time, the remarkable resilience of the Inuit. I’m sure that the film will have a powerful impact and a long life.
Tom Gordon, Professor Emeritus, School of Music, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland-and-Labrador
We are very anxious for all of Canada to see the documentary on February 11, when it airs on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. And for the rest of the world to hear this story when the film gets to be shown in film festivals and other venues.
Thanks to all of you who took part of this most memorable event which was held on January 28, the eve of Abraham’s 171st birthday.
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Well! The point of no return has been reached! It is now official, the television premiere of the documentary film Trapped in a Human Zoo: based on Abraham’s Diary will happen on Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 8 p.m. on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
By clicking on the image below, you’ll have access to the show’s page dedicated to the documentary and will be able to view CBC’s trailer as well as a short extract of the film. Sorry for our friends located outside of Canada, the videos might not be accessible to you ;-(
“Trapped in a Human Zoo” television premiere on February 11 @ 8 p.m. on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
For those in the Ottawa area, you will be interested to know that the documentary’s world premiere will be presented on January 28 @ 5 p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The event is part of the trade show Northern Lights 2016 and is being presented by the Nunatsiavut Government and Pix3 Films.
World premiere at the Shaw Centre, in Ottawa, on January 28, 2016, @ 5 p.m. as part of the Northern Lights 2016 trade show.
Finally, here is a short trailer prepared by Pix3 Films:
Can’t wait for you all, Johannes Lampe, and the actors who portray the 1880 group in the re-enactment scenes, to see it. I am confident that you will share my opinion that the result is awesome!
Hope many of you will mark those dates in your calendar! Thanks for your interest!
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Bon eh bien! Le point de non-retour a été atteint! C’est maintenant officiel, la première télévisuelle de la version anglaise du documentaire Piégés dans un zoo humain, un documentaire basé sur le journal d’Abraham Ulrikab, aura lieu le jeudi 11 février, 2016 @ 20 h dans le cadre de l’émission The Nature of Things with David Suzuki au réseau anglais de Radio-Canada.
En cliquant sur l’image ci-dessous, vous accéderez à la page de l’émission qui est dédiée au documentaire et serez en mesure de voir la bande-annonce de CBC ainsi que d’un court extrait du film. Malheureusement, ces deux vidéos ne seront probablement pas accessibles à ceux d’entre vous qui vous vous trouvez à l’extérieur du Canada ;-(
Première télévisuelle de «Trapped in a Human Zoo» le jeudi, 11 février 2016 @ 20 h à l’émission The Nature of Things with David Suzuki de CBC
La première télévisuelle de la version française du documentaire sera présentée le 29 mars 2016 au réseau UNIS-TV5. L’heure de diffusion n’est pas encore connue.
Pour ceux d’entre vous qui serez dans la région d’Ottawa le jeudi 28 janvier prochain, vous serez peut-être intéressé de savoir que la première mondiale du documentaire sera présentée à 17 h au Centre Shaw. L’événement fait partie du salon Northern Lights 2016 et est présenté par le gouvernement du Nunatsiavut et Pix3 Films.
Première mondiale au Centre Shaw, à Ottawa, le 28 janvier @ 17 h dans le cadre du salon Northern Lights 2016.
Pour terminer, voici la bande-annonce préparée par Pix3 Films:
J’ai très hâte que vous tous, ainsi que Johannes Lampe et les acteurs personnifiant les membres du groupe de 1880 dans les scènes de reconstitution, puissiez voir le documentaire. J’ai bon espoir que vous serez d’accord avec moi que le résultat est impressionnant!
En espérant que vous serez nombreux à marquer ces dates dans votre agenda! Merci de votre intérêt!